While the battle royale genre is often associated with shooters like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone, the emerging sensation of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout from Mediatonic and Devolver Digital bucks that trend. The experience is all about platforming with gameplay seemingly inspired by Takeshi's Castle, amassing over 2 million on PC alone during its first week and an estimated 8 million on PlayStation 4.
What about Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile ports of the game? Here's everything we know about Fall Guys' inevitable migration over to other platforms.
When are the Fall Guys Xbox One and Nintendo Switch release dates?
When it comes to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch ports of Fall Guys, the developers have made their plans very clear: A page on the game's support site directly referencing console ports states "to start with, Fall Guys will only be available on PS4 and Steam." It goes on to mention that the team would "love to bring the game to other platforms further down the line," but it does not give any release window.
Since Fall Guys was announced at E3 2019, PC and PS4 have been the only two platforms referencing in official press releases and trailers for the game. It appears that Mediatonic and Devolver Digital were focusing on getting out of the door on those two platforms first, and their efforts have clearly paid off.
On August 10, the developers confirmed in a press release that over 2 million players had bought Fall Guys on PC, and over 23 million hours of the game was watched on Twitch. This isn't even accounting for how many of the millions PS Plus owners downloaded the game on PS4 because it is free during the month of August. This, along with a Chinese mobile version announcement, makes it safe to assume that developers will expand Fall Guys to more platforms.
Realistically, fans shouldn't expect an Xbox of Switch version of Fall Guys until sometime in 2021 at the earliest.
What about a Fall Guys mobile release date?
Fall Guys is actually making its way to iOS and Android, though it's doing so in a way that will be disappointing to western fans.
On August 22, analyst Daniel Ahmad revealed on Twitter that Chinese company Bilibili had gotten the right to release a mobile version of Fall Guys in China. No release window was given for this port, and even when it comes to fruition it's unknown if this version of Fall Guys will ever be released outside of China.
Fall Guys developer Mediatonic did officially confirm that the port was in the works to GamesIndustry.biz. "We can confirm Bilibili have secured publishing rights to a mobile version in China," Co-Founder Paul Croft stated. "As you can imagine, we've had a lot of questions about platforms since launch, and of course we'd love to release on more platforms in the future but for now we're focusing our efforts on PC and PS4."
Croft's statements affirm what the website says about ports of Fall Guys coming to other platforms, but they also don't bode well for anyone hoping to try the game on iOS and Android outside of China. For now, just avoid scams claiming its already available on mobile and play the game on PC or PS4.
Is Fall Guys coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X?
There's also the next-gen question. Developers have not commented at all on next-generation versions of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and an Xbox Series X version seem less likely as the game isn't even on Xbox One yet. An upgraded PS5 version of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has not been announced either, but you'll still be able to play the PS4 version on PS5.
Sony reportedly mandates that any PS4 game that comes out after July 13, 2020 must also work on PS5. Fall Guys came out on August 4, 2020 which means that it's part of that window, so Sony fans can safely expect to be able to play Fall Guys on their next-gen console.
Does Fall Guys support crossplay?
Considering how much of a success Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has been on its current platforms, yet another form of expansion would be to introduce cross-play to the game, something that's been possible for other battle royale games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and even Apex Legends, which will be getting crossplay at some point in the future.
"At launch, we won't have cross-play," an official support page reads. "It's something we really want to do in the future." It is unknown if the Chinese mobile version of Fall Guys will have any kind of compatibility with the PC and PS4 versions of the game.
The developers are looking to gauge fan enthusiasm, so anyone who wants cross-play should say so on the game's official Discord.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is currently available for PC and PS4.